Ben once spent two and a half months backpacking through New Zealand, and while there fulfilled his lifelong dream of visiting the Shire.
A Seattle local, Ben grew up in Ballard before attending the University of Washington and graduating with a degree in political science. Ben has worked with the Seattle Office of Emergency Management and the Washington State Legislature, engaging various communities in public policy conversations. At EnviroIssues, he uses his experience with public correspondence and outreach to pursue his passion of ensuring diverse communities feel a sense of involvement and ownership when it comes to public projects. When not in the office, Ben enjoys hiking, visiting Seattle’s beautiful parks and relentlessly believing that this will be the year the Mariners finally reach the playoffs.